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International Perspectives on English Language Teaching

International Perspectives on Teachers Living with Curriculum Change

Editors: Wedell, Martin, Grassick, Laura (Eds.)

  • Represents voices of practitioners which are rarely considered in existing literature
  • Provides a stage to English language teachers to inform readers how they thought and what they did about curriculum change
  • Covers a wide geographical area and diverse points of view
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About this book

“This book gives a voice to English language teachers faced with the challenges posed by English language curriculum change. As a core component of national state system curricula in virtually every country in the world, there has nevertheless been little research exploring how the millions of English teachers worldwide navigate the challenges posed by such curriculum changes. This volume includes eleven stories from teachers based across every continent, providing a global glimpse of how national English curriculum change projects have been experienced by classroom teachers who are commonly (if erroneously) viewed as mostly responsible for its implementation success or failure. The final chapter synthesises these experiences and suggests wider implications for the development of curriculum change planning processes, and how they might better support teachers’ attempts to achieve curriculum goals. Edited and authored by leading experts in the field, this ground-breaking collection will be of interest to students and scholars of English language teaching, teacher education, curriculum change and education policy.”


About the authors

Martin Wedell has recently retired as Head of International Education at the School of Education at the University of Leeds, UK. With more than 30 years’ experience as a teacher and teacher educator, he has worked and lived around the world. His research focuses on better understanding the processes involved in planning and supporting  English language curriculum changes. Laura Grassick is Teaching Fellow in TESOL at the University of Leeds, UK. Having taught in such diverse countries as South Korea, Bangladesh, Poland and the UK, her research interests lie primarily in English language curriculum change.

Reviews

“One of the worst kept secrets in TESOL, and perhaps in education generally, is that the intended impacts of national curriculum change projects are rarely achieved in practice. The reasons for this gap between the planned and enacted curriculum have been documented for many years, yet, frustratingly, these insights have not made much difference to the way educational authorities around the world approach curriculum innovation. This very timely and insightful collection provides further evidence of the challenges that curriculum change often raises for individual teachers in several TESOL contexts around the world and portrays in a vivid manner the consequences for these teachers of the hurried, top-down, unclear, and non-consultative manner in which new curricula are often thrust upon practitioners. The narrative insights into teachers’ thinking and actions that the volume provides make it a valuable addition to the literature on TESOL curriculum change.” (Simon Borg, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

“This volume is essential reading for (language) curriculum policy makers and planners who all too often underestimate the effort required for curricula change to be successfully enacted in schools and classrooms.[...] Context is everything as we know, but hearing the challenges from the teachers’ perspectives is very powerful. It’s an invaluable reminder of the importance of a multiple stakeholder approach which allows for a close consideration of local realities. Each chapter provides really useful lessons for curriculum planners summarised helpfully by the editors into three critical areas of temporal dissonance, contextual confusion and risk. I will definitely be encouraging my colleagues to read it!” (Alison Barrett MBE, Global Head of English for Education Systems, British Council)

“This is a valuable addition to research and practice in ELT curriculum change, with a refreshing approach to identifying problems and solutions. It has a broad international focus but concentrates on the individual lives of eleven teachers in ten different countries faced with implementation of secondary school curriculum change. The reality of the teachers’ stories is filtered through interviews conducted by the writers of each chapter, teacher educators themselves. The writers provide a background to the teachers’ contexts and are able to combine the teachers’ accounts with their own knowledge of curriculum change. The result is a remarkable and effective combination of personal stories and their application to theories of curriculum change, avoiding both the dangers of personal anecdote and the sterility of theory divorced from practice. This is an excellent collection and will prove an indispensable resource to all those involved in curriculum innovation.” (Chris Kennedy, University of Birmingham, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Living with Curriculum Change: An Overview

    Wedell, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

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  • Involving Teachers in the Change Process: One English Language Teacher’s Account of Implementing Curricular Change in Philippine Basic Education

    Vilches, Maria Luz C.

    Pages 15-37

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  • Making the Best of Continuous Change Initiatives: A Story of a Successful Korean English Teacher

    Lee, Hyoshin

    Pages 39-59

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  • Balancing Change and Tradition: A Chinese English Teacher’s Experiences of Curriculum Reform

    Yan, Chunmei

    Pages 61-82

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  • Meeting the Demands of ELT Innovation in Vietnam: Teachers’ Linguistic and Pedagogic Challenge

    Tran, Le Thi Quynh

    Pages 83-102

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Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54309-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 114,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54308-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Perspectives on Teachers Living with Curriculum Change
Editors
  • Martin Wedell
  • Laura Grassick
Series Title
International Perspectives on English Language Teaching
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54309-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54309-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54308-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 279
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